Went driving today... for the first time in at least six months. I drove for half an hour or so, more time behind the wheel than I've had for two years total.
I was VERY cautious. I was VERY un-confident. But I didn't bump into anything nor did I tip over. I felt very much like a brand new driver.
But I gained some, a little, confidence. And I gained a lot of independence. I didn't ask anyone if I could go. I didn't tell anyone I was going. I just went.... to the railroad station, to the zoo, exploring new roads that didn't exist when last I drove, through whole new communities that didn't exist when last I drove. As I drove, I realized I didn't even have my cell phone. I was relying on myself, and myself alone, to get that 4000 pound chunk of Detroit iron to town and back into its parking spot.
It is not something I will be doing again soon...but I am glad I went.